In late November, 2013, the United States Supreme Court demanded that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder respond to a plea from the homeschooling Rameike family to reconsider their deportation order. Uwe and Hannelore Rameike and their seven children have been ordered by the Obama administration to return to their native Germany where homeschooling has been illegal since the days of Hitler and the Nazi government. The Rameikes began homeschooling in Germany in 2006. Home education, which was allowed in Germany prior to the 1920s, was outlawed in the 1930s under the Nazi government and the laws remain on the books even today. After being fined and threatened with legal action by the German government, the family fled to the United States in 2008, seeking asylum and the chance to educate their children at home.
In 2010, a federal immigration judge granted the Romeikes asylum, recognizing that for them to return would mean fines, legal actions and possibly having their children removed from their home. In 2012, the Obama administration revoked their asylum protection. The Homeschooling Legal Defense Association appealed this decision to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, but the request was denied. HSLDA then sent a petition with 127,258 signatures to the Administration requesting asylum for the Romeikes, but officials declined to comment. In addition, 27 members of Congress signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that asylum be granted to this family.
Even though the Supreme Court may not hear the case of Ramaeike v Holder, the fact that the justices are demanding the attention of Mr. Holder is a positive move forward for the family. The HSLDA had asked its members and friends to make November 17 a day of fasting and prayer in behalf of the Rameike family and all those being persecuted for their faith.
Home education, which was allowed in Germany prior to the 1920s, was outlawed in the 1930s under the Nazi government in order to facilitate the spreading of State propaganda. Many intellectuals fled the country at this time, including Thomas Mann, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, and scientist Albert Einstein. The present government outlaws home education in order to "avoid the emergence of parallel societies based on separate philosophical convictions" and to "integrate minorities into society". Centralized education is also seen as necessary to promote the growth of the democratic institutions and to pass on basic constitutional values.